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Financing your study abroad can be a daunting task, but that shouldn’t stop you from investing in international opportunities. The personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from studying abroad will last a lifetime.  MSU Denver recognizes Study Abroad as an academic experience first and foremost and we realize that Study Abroad not only replaces academic work a student might otherwise complete on-campus, but the international experience also enhances a student’s curriculum on-campus. As such, our policy is to provide support for financial services necessary for Study Abroad just as we would on-campus.

General Scholarships

Regional Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

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MSU Denver Financial Aid

Do not assume that Study Abroad is too expensive for you!

Financial aid sources come from:

  • federal student grants
  • federal student loans
  • private student loans
  • scholarships
  • program discounts
  • family and friends
  • many other sources


General Scholarships

 MSU Denver Scholarships

  • All MSU Denver students should apply for Metro scholarships!

Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship

  • Specific scholarship for students receiving Pell grants
  • 4 week or longer study abroad program (partnership or faculty led programs)

Boren Scholarship

  • Specific scholarship for students studying critical languages in non-traditional locations

Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) Scholarships

  • Scholarships for students in any academic area studying abroad for 4 weeks or more

Foundation for Global Scholars

  • Scholarships for students from wide-range of diverse backgrounds

Golden Key Study Abroad Scholarship

  • Golden Key is an honors society that offers unique scholarships, awards and grants to members, alumni and advisors.

GoOverseas Study Abroad Scholarships

  • Available for any student studying abroad


Regional Scholarships


Delta Phi Alpha - German German Studies Honorary Society

  • Semester and summer scholarships available
  • Must be studying in Germany
  • Undergraduate and graduate scholarships available

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study, senior thesis research and/or internships in Germany. Scholarships are available either as part of an organized study abroad program or as part of an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year
  • 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year

British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) Scholarships (North American Students)

  • Scholarships are open to all undergraduate students currently registered at a UK university which is BUTEX-affiliated (this also works for students using programs providers that are connected to Butex approved universities)

National Italian American Foundation

  • NIAF annually awards scholarships to outstanding students in the summer for use during the following academic year
  • Scholarships available for students from any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field, who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements.
  • Scholarships range from $2,000-$12,000 and are awarded to undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, medical, dental, and legal students

American Association of Teachers of Japanese - Bridging Scholarships

  • Scholarships to American undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs in Japan

Turkish Coalition of America

  • Variety of scholarships available for minority students studying in Turkey
  • Applications accepted on rolling basis

Academic Scholarships

Whitaker International Program Grants

  • Grants for students in Biomedical Engineering or closely related fields (Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical)
  • 20 summer grants, 40 undergraduate grants, and 60 fellow/scholar (post-graduate) grants

Good Search Engines for Scholarships - sites that will help navigate you towards available scholarships.

 MSU Denver Financial Aid

  1. Students are able to use their MSU Denver aid for study abroad
  2. Even if a student has not previously qualified for financial aid to attend Metro, does not mean you will not be eligible for financial aid for Study Abroad.
  3. Because the cost of Study Abroad may be more than your cost of attending MSU Denver, it is important to submit a specific Study Abroad budget to see if you qualify for financial aid when attending Study Abroad.
    The costs involved in an academic budget include:
    1. Tuition and fees
    2. Room and Board
    3. Books and supplies
    4. Transportation necessary to get from home to school
  4. The Study Abroad program you plan to attend should provide you with a budget breakdown of actual costs of the program fee and estimated costs of personal expenses while on the program. Thus, if your program fee is $9,500, but it does not include meals and airfare to your international location, your Financial Aid Advisor will add the additional estimated cost of airfare and meals in your host country. The combined amount will be the academic costs which your Financial Aid Advisor will use to determine your financial aid eligibility.
  5. It is possible that you may be eligible for federal financial aid, federal student loans, institutional scholarships, outside scholarships, and/or other sources of funding for Study Abroad. Again, even if you have not been eligible for financial aid previously, it is possible that you will be eligible for financial aid for Study Abroad.
  6. If you qualify for financial aid, the Financial Aid Office will have you fill out forms that indicate when and where your financial aid will be disbursed. It is common that the disbursement of financial aid occurs after your Study Abroad semester is supposed to begin. Most Study Abroad programs will allow you to defer program payment until your financial aid is disbursed, IF you get the Financial Aid Office to verify when and how much financial aid you are scheduled to receive.
  7. Your financial aid will be disbursed to you via electronic deposit into the designated bank account you authorize. You will then have access to your funds and are responsible for paying your program fees directly.
  8. If you do not pay your program fees within 10 days of verified financial aid disbursement, you are responsible for the cost of late payment fees incurred.
  9. Most financial aid is contingent upon full-time enrollment, and satisfactory academic progress. This means that students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits (or the equivalent) in a semester, and students must earn a minimum of a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in a course to receive transfer credit.
  10. If a student should fall below full-time enrollment, and/or does not earn at least a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in any course, the student will be required to repay financial aid for that semester.

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